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Article: How Prince’s ‘Batman’ pioneered the superhero superstar soundtrack

Check out the article published by The Current entitled "How Prince’s ‘Batman’ pioneered the superhero superstar soundtrack":

https://blog.thecurrent.o...oundtrack/
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Reply #1 posted 02/16/18 11:21am

cloveringold85

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Great soundtrack and one of his best work!!

"With love, honor, and respect for every living thing in the universe, separation ceases, and we all become one being, singing one song." - Prince Roger Nelson (1958-2016)
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Reply #2 posted 02/16/18 11:50am

EmmaMcG

Good album on its own merits but even better when paired with the movie.

On paper, that movie just shouldn't have worked. Michael Keaton's casting caused uproar when it was announced and even the most die hard Prince fan must have wondered how he could possibly provide a suitable soundtrack to the type of Batman movie Tim Burton was trying to make. Burton took a lot of inspiration from the darker Batman stories of the 80s so Michael Keaton, who was mostly known as a comedic actor, and Prince are not two people you would associate with that type of material. And yet, Michael Keaton gave us a great Batman/Bruce Wayne performance that still has never been bettered and using the Prince music in two character-defining scenes with Jack Nicholson's Joker was a stroke of genius. The song choices worked in those scenes BECAUSE they were so out of place. It further drives home the point of the Joker being completely out of his mind. Those songs are not just being heard by the audience, they are playing IN the movie so as that the Joker and his gang can listen to Prince as he commits his murders. And if you're going to gas people to death, you might as well do it to "Partyman".
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Reply #3 posted 02/16/18 11:55am

cloveringold85

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EmmaMcG said:

Good album on its own merits but even better when paired with the movie. On paper, that movie just shouldn't have worked. Michael Keaton's casting caused uproar when it was announced and even the most die hard Prince fan must have wondered how he could possibly provide a suitable soundtrack to the type of Batman movie Tim Burton was trying to make. Burton took a lot of inspiration from the darker Batman stories of the 80s so Michael Keaton, who was mostly known as a comedic actor, and Prince are not two people you would associate with that type of material. And yet, Michael Keaton gave us a great Batman/Bruce Wayne performance that still has never been bettered and using the Prince music in two character-defining scenes with Jack Nicholson's Joker was a stroke of genius. The song choices worked in those scenes BECAUSE they were so out of place. It further drives home the point of the Joker being completely out of his mind. Those songs are not just being heard by the audience, they are playing IN the movie so as that the Joker and his gang can listen to Prince as he commits his murders. And if you're going to gas people to death, you might as well do it to "Partyman".

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I always loved Michael Keaton as Batman. Batman is such a sexy role to play, and who better to do the soundtrack than Prince!! biggrin

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"With love, honor, and respect for every living thing in the universe, separation ceases, and we all become one being, singing one song." - Prince Roger Nelson (1958-2016)
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Reply #4 posted 02/16/18 11:59am

EmmaMcG

cloveringold85 said:



EmmaMcG said:


Good album on its own merits but even better when paired with the movie. On paper, that movie just shouldn't have worked. Michael Keaton's casting caused uproar when it was announced and even the most die hard Prince fan must have wondered how he could possibly provide a suitable soundtrack to the type of Batman movie Tim Burton was trying to make. Burton took a lot of inspiration from the darker Batman stories of the 80s so Michael Keaton, who was mostly known as a comedic actor, and Prince are not two people you would associate with that type of material. And yet, Michael Keaton gave us a great Batman/Bruce Wayne performance that still has never been bettered and using the Prince music in two character-defining scenes with Jack Nicholson's Joker was a stroke of genius. The song choices worked in those scenes BECAUSE they were so out of place. It further drives home the point of the Joker being completely out of his mind. Those songs are not just being heard by the audience, they are playing IN the movie so as that the Joker and his gang can listen to Prince as he commits his murders. And if you're going to gas people to death, you might as well do it to "Partyman".

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I always loved Michael Keaton as Batman. Batman is such a sexy role to play, and who better to do the soundtrack than Prince!! biggrin


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It really was a perfect storm. Those two represented very risky choices and both paid off better than anyone could have expected. Michael Keaton is the perfect Batman and Prince gave the movie a perfect soundtrack.
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Reply #5 posted 02/16/18 12:05pm

cloveringold85

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EmmaMcG said:

cloveringold85 said:

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I always loved Michael Keaton as Batman. Batman is such a sexy role to play, and who better to do the soundtrack than Prince!! biggrin

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[Edited 2/16/18 11:56am]

It really was a perfect storm. Those two represented very risky choices and both paid off better than anyone could have expected. Michael Keaton is the perfect Batman and Prince gave the movie a perfect soundtrack.

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Me too! I always thought Keaton was really sexy back in the day!! lol

"With love, honor, and respect for every living thing in the universe, separation ceases, and we all become one being, singing one song." - Prince Roger Nelson (1958-2016)
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Reply #6 posted 02/16/18 4:25pm

EmmaMcG

cloveringold85 said:



EmmaMcG said:


cloveringold85 said:


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I always loved Michael Keaton as Batman. Batman is such a sexy role to play, and who better to do the soundtrack than Prince!! biggrin


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[Edited 2/16/18 11:56am]



It really was a perfect storm. Those two represented very risky choices and both paid off better than anyone could have expected. Michael Keaton is the perfect Batman and Prince gave the movie a perfect soundtrack.

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Me too! I always thought Keaton was really sexy back in the day!! lol




He still is. For an old man. smile
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Reply #7 posted 02/16/18 4:36pm

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cloveringold85 said:

EmmaMcG said:

cloveringold85 said: It really was a perfect storm. Those two represented very risky choices and both paid off better than anyone could have expected. Michael Keaton is the perfect Batman and Prince gave the movie a perfect soundtrack.

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Me too! I always thought Keaton was really sexy back in the day!! lol

I second that! Lol. The movie and soundtrack bring back great memories. I remember that summer being so excited to see the movie and then Prince doing the soundtrack, perfect pair. cool

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Reply #8 posted 02/16/18 7:52pm

1725topp

EmmaMcG said:

Good album on its own merits but even better when paired with the movie. On paper, that movie just shouldn't have worked. Michael Keaton's casting caused uproar when it was announced and even the most die hard Prince fan must have wondered how he could possibly provide a suitable soundtrack to the type of Batman movie Tim Burton was trying to make. Burton took a lot of inspiration from the darker Batman stories of the 80s so Michael Keaton, who was mostly known as a comedic actor, and Prince are not two people you would associate with that type of material. And yet, Michael Keaton gave us a great Batman/Bruce Wayne performance that still has never been bettered and using the Prince music in two character-defining scenes with Jack Nicholson's Joker was a stroke of genius. The song choices worked in those scenes BECAUSE they were so out of place. It further drives home the point of the Joker being completely out of his mind. Those songs are not just being heard by the audience, they are playing IN the movie so as that the Joker and his gang can listen to Prince as he commits his murders. And if you're going to gas people to death, you might as well do it to "Partyman".

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Nice analysis and the only point with which I disagree with you is that many of us Prince fans at the time perceived Prince as the perfect choice because his work had always addressed the theme of duality: black versus white, male versus female, and spirituality versus physicality. Only Prince could fornicate his way into heaven by showing sex as a metaphor for spiritual ecstasy or explore how being innately feminine gave more power to his masculine. As such, given that Batman is also a work that is driven by the theme of duality as most of the characters have alter-egos, then Prince was a perfect choice, especially given that, along with his themes of duality, he had a history of writing songs under and in the persona of alter-egos. As such, who best could explore this theme of duality and alter-egos than Prince? If you would like to read more about this, The Lyrics of Prince by C. Liegh McInnis has a full chapter on Batman.

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Reply #9 posted 02/16/18 8:24pm

CAL3

Thanks for posting this article link, good piece. I saw Black Panther last night and immediately thought of Batman when the credit for Lamar’s songs “from and inspired by” came up.
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Especially appreciated the article linking to the series of Anil Dash tweets on “Batdance,” which I hadn’t seen before. Always have felt what a daring masterwork that single was/is.
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For me, the Batman album is THE Prince album that has grown the most in stature over the years. Because I always regarded it as being tangential. After the incredible run that led up to it, it almost seemed like a waste of time (and talent). But that has gradually changed for me over the course of nearly 30 years (HOW can it have been so long??).
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Now it’s one of my personal favorite albums, so it’s cool to see this type of positive retrospective piece!
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Reply #10 posted 02/19/18 2:52am

khemseraph

Why do people insist only a few songs were played in the movie.sigh,lazy journalists regurgitating shit they hear . All but 2 songs were played .arms of orion and batdance
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Reply #11 posted 02/19/18 12:06pm

cloveringold85

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1725topp said:

EmmaMcG said:

Good album on its own merits but even better when paired with the movie. On paper, that movie just shouldn't have worked. Michael Keaton's casting caused uproar when it was announced and even the most die hard Prince fan must have wondered how he could possibly provide a suitable soundtrack to the type of Batman movie Tim Burton was trying to make. Burton took a lot of inspiration from the darker Batman stories of the 80s so Michael Keaton, who was mostly known as a comedic actor, and Prince are not two people you would associate with that type of material. And yet, Michael Keaton gave us a great Batman/Bruce Wayne performance that still has never been bettered and using the Prince music in two character-defining scenes with Jack Nicholson's Joker was a stroke of genius. The song choices worked in those scenes BECAUSE they were so out of place. It further drives home the point of the Joker being completely out of his mind. Those songs are not just being heard by the audience, they are playing IN the movie so as that the Joker and his gang can listen to Prince as he commits his murders. And if you're going to gas people to death, you might as well do it to "Partyman".

*

Nice analysis and the only point with which I disagree with you is that many of us Prince fans at the time perceived Prince as the perfect choice because his work had always addressed the theme of duality: black versus white, male versus female, and spirituality versus physicality. Only Prince could fornicate his way into heaven by showing sex as a metaphor for spiritual ecstasy or explore how being innately feminine gave more power to his masculine. As such, given that Batman is also a work that is driven by the theme of duality as most of the characters have alter-egos, then Prince was a perfect choice, especially given that, along with his themes of duality, he had a history of writing songs under and in the persona of alter-egos. As such, who best could explore this theme of duality and alter-egos than Prince? If you would like to read more about this, The Lyrics of Prince by C. Liegh McInnis has a full chapter on Batman.

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Good point on Prince's alter-ego's.

"With love, honor, and respect for every living thing in the universe, separation ceases, and we all become one being, singing one song." - Prince Roger Nelson (1958-2016)
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Reply #12 posted 02/19/18 7:54pm

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Thanks thumbs up! great article.

Keep Calm & Listen To Prince
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Reply #13 posted 02/20/18 8:58am

Latin

CAL3 said:

Thanks for posting this article link, good piece. I saw Black Panther last night and immediately thought of Batman when the credit for Lamar’s songs “from and inspired by” came up.
.
Especially appreciated the article linking to the series of Anil Dash tweets on “Batdance,” which I hadn’t seen before. Always have felt what a daring masterwork that single was/is.
.
For me, the Batman album is THE Prince album that has grown the most in stature over the years. Because I always regarded it as being tangential. After the incredible run that led up to it, it almost seemed like a waste of time (and talent). But that has gradually changed for me over the course of nearly 30 years (HOW can it have been so long??).
.
Now it’s one of my personal favorite albums, so it’s cool to see this type of positive retrospective piece!

You are very welcome. smile
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Reply #14 posted 02/21/18 1:17pm

Latin

Goddess4Real said:

Thanks thumbs up! great article.


You are very welcome. smile
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Reply #15 posted 03/04/18 5:14am

pinkcashmere23

Nice! Thanks for sharing the article Latin.

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Reply #16 posted 03/06/18 10:33am

Latin

pinkcashmere23 said:

Nice! Thanks for sharing the article Latin.


You are very welcome. smile
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Reply #17 posted 04/02/18 10:02am

Latin

cloveringold85 said:

Great soundtrack and one of his best work!!



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